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NBA PLAYOFFS-CELTICS/HEAT

Heat force Game 7

BOSTON (AP) — The Golden State Warriors still don’t know who they will meet in the NBA Finals.

Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat have forced a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals by holding off the Celtics, 111-103 in Boston.

Butler delivered 26 of his game-high 47 points in the second half and finished with nine rebounds and eight assists, allowing Miami to shake off back-to-back losses.

Kyle Lowry chipped in 18 points and 10 assists after going scoreless in Game 5. Lowry had five points in an 11-2 run that erased Boston’s 97-94 lead.

Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 30 points, Jaylen Brown had 20 and Derrick White came off the bench to score 11 of his 22 in the fourth quarter.

Game 7 will be Sunday in Miami.

NBA-LAKERS-HAM

Lakers hire Ham as head coach

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have selected a new head coach.

A person with knowledge of the decision says Darvin Ham has accepted an offer to be the next head coach Lakers. The 48-year-old Ham is getting his first head coaching job as the 28th coach in Lakers history. He has been an assistant to Mike Budenholzer with the Milwaukee Bucks since 2018, and he played a significant role in their run to the 2021 NBA title.

Ham replaces Frank Vogel, who led the Lakers to the franchise’s 17th title exactly 18 months before his firing. Vogel failed to coax a winning season out of a veteran-laden roster led by James, oft-injured Anthony Davis and newcomer Russell Westbrook, finishing 33-49 last month.

NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS-AVALANCHE/BLUES

Avs rally to beat Blues, end series

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The NHL’s Western Conference finals will begin Tuesday in Denver.

Darren Helm’s goal with 5.6 seconds remaining gave the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 comeback win over St. Louis, ending the second-round series in six games.

J.T. Compher’s second goal of the night came on a power play and tied the game midway through the third period. Helm put the Avs in the conference finals for the first time since 2002.

Darcy Kuemper (KEHM’-pur) needed to make just 18 saves and blanked the Blues after Jordan Kyrou (KY’-roo) beat him midway through the second period.

Ville Husso (VIH’-lay HOO’-soh) kept the Blues in the game with 36 saves.

The Avs will host the Edmonton Oilers in the first two games of the West finals.

NHL-BRUINS-MARCHAND

Marchand to miss start of season

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Bruins leading scorer Brad Marchand had surgery on both hips on Friday and is expected to be out six months, meaning he would miss the start of next season.

The team said Marchand had arthroscopic surgery to repair the cartilage in his hips.

Marchand had 32 goals and 48 assists this season. He added four goals and seven assists in the playoffs, when the Bruins lost in the first round to the Hurricanes.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Yanks win behind Taillon, 2 homers

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees have added another victory to their major league-best record.

Jameson Taillon (TY’-ahn) worked eight masterful innings and the Yankees homered twice in the fourth inning of their fourth win in a row, a 2-0 shutout of the Rays. Taillon allowed just two hits and improved to 5-0 with a 2.20 ERA in his last seven starts, striking out five and walking none.

It’s the first time since 2013 that the Yankees have received at least eight innings from consecutive starters. Nelson Cortes worked into the ninth inning of Thursday’s 7-2 win at Tampa Bay.

Gleyber (GLAY’-bur) Torres and Matt Carpenter went deep as the Yankees improved to 33-13. It was Carpenter’s second game since signing with New York on Thursday.

The outcome leads the AL East-leading Yankees 6 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Rays.

Also on Friday’s major league schedule:

— Anthony Santander (sahn-tahn-DEHR’) smacked a two-run homer in the fourth and added a tiebreaking RBI single while the Orioles scored four times in the ninth to beat the Red Sox, 12-8. The Birds trailed 8-2 until Jorge Mateo hit a three-run homer in the seventh and Austin Hays followed with a two-run shot in the eighth. Xander Bogaerts (ZAN’-dur BOH’-gahrts) hit a three-run homer in a four-run first for Boston.

— The Blue Jays pulled out a 4-3 win over the Angels as Alejandro Kirk scored on an error by right fielder Juan Lagares in the ninth inning. Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) had three hits and drove in a run, while Kirk had two hits in Toronto’s seventh victory in 10 games. Jared Walsh and Tyler Wade homered for the Angels, who were missing injured Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) and Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN’) from the starting lineup.

— Rookie Julio Rodríguez hit the first of the Mariners' four home runs off Justin Verlander in a 6-1 dumping of the Astros. Kyle Lewis, Ty France and Taylor Trammell also went deep off Verlander, tying his career-high for homers allowed in a start. Verlander entered with seven earned runs allowed in 51 2/3 innings this season.

— Pinch-hitter Andy Ibañez drove in a pair of runs with a two-out single off Athletics closer Dany Jiménez, sending the Rangers to an 8-5 win against the Athletics. The Rangers rallied with six runs in the final three innings and extended their winning streak to three. Sean Murphy and Chad Pinder hit back-to-back home runs off Jon Gray for the A’s during a five-run third.

— Jorge Polanco homered in a four-run first and Carlos Correa broke a fourth-inning tie with a blast to power the Twins past the struggling Royals, 10-7. Nick Gordon was 2-for-4 with three RBIs to help Minnesota deal Kansas City its seventh loss in eight games. The Royals’ Bobby Witt Jr. finished a double shy of the cycle, providing a two-run triple and a solo homer.

— Pete Alonso leads the majors with 45 RBIs after driving in four more while the Mets built a 7-0 lead in an 8-6 downing of the Phillies. Alonso had a sacrifice fly in a three-run first, launched his 12th in the third and poked an RBI double in the fourth. Francisco Lindor scored three runs for the Mets, who avoided their first three-game skid of the season.

— The Braves squandered a three-run lead before Ozzie Albies blooped a two-run double in the seventh, breaking a 4-4 deadlock in Atlanta’s 6-4 win over the Marlins. Austin Riley also homered and Travis Demeritte snapped an 0-for-34 slump with a run-scoring single to left field for a 3-0 lead. Garrett Cooper and Jesus Aguilar belted two-run shots in the sixth to put Miami ahead, 4-3.

— Paul Goldschmidt ran his hitting streak to 18 games with a two-run homer as the Cardinals doubled up the Brewers, 4-2. St. Louis starter Dakota Hudson pitched shutout ball but was pulled with the bases-loaded in the fifth. Brandon Woodruff allowed two runs on two hits in four innings before he was pulled from the game with right ankle discomfort while warming up for bottom of the fifth inning.

— Graham Ashcraft waited out a two-hour rain delay before earning his first career victory in the Reds’ 5-1 decision over the Giants. Ashcroft limited San Francisco to four hits while throwing 92 pitches over 6 1/3 innings, hours after being recalled from the minors. Matt Reynolds doubled home the game’s first run and Brandon Drury added a solo homer.

— Edwin Ríos and Mookie Betts hit back-to-back homers in the second inning and Trea Turner added a solo shot in the sixth as the Dodgers upended the Diamondbacks, 6-4. Ríos pulled a fastball from Madison Bumgarner over the right-field wall for a three-run homer and a 3-0 lead. The Dodgers have won 11 of 13 and lead the National League with a 31-14 record.

— Wil Myers drove in Manny Machado with a shattered-bat single in the eighth inning to lift the Padres past the Pirates, 4-3. The Padres’ slumbering offense came to life when Luke Voit hit a tying three-run homer with two outs in the sixth. It was San Diego's first home run since last Saturday against the Giants.

— The Nationals and Rockies were rained out in Washington, creating a split doubleheader for Saturday.

— The Guardians-Indians game in Detroit was postponed by rain and rescheduled as pair of a split doubleheader on July 4.

MLB-NEWS

Giants’ Kapler refusing to take field for anthem in protest

UNDATED (AP) — San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler says he will refuse to take the field for the national anthem in a protest over the nation’s political direction following this week’s school shooting in Texas.

Kapler said he needs more time to consider specific actions he might suggest be taken to prevent more tragedies of this type, such as stronger gun control laws.

He said in his personal blog that “Every time I place my hand over my heart and remove my hat, I’m participating in a self congratulatory glorification of the only country where these mass shootings take place.” Kapler said he wanted to kneel for the anthem on Wednesday and felt like a coward because his body wouldn’t allow him to.

In other MLB news:

— Reds outfielder Tommy Pham and Giants outfielder Joc Pederson were involved in a brief altercation before Friday’s game at Great American Ball Park. The Giants were warming up in the outfield when Pham confronted Pederson in the outfield before the pair quickly were separated without punches being thrown.

— Former All-Star pitcher Carlos Martínez has been suspended for 80 games under baseball’s minor league drug program. He tested positive test for a performance-enhancing substance that increases Human Growth Hormone. The 30-year-old right-hander signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox on May 7.

— Mets reliever Yoan López sat out Friday’s game against the Phillies after his three-game suspension was cut to one. López had appealed after Major League Baseball ruled that he intentionally threw at Phillies slugger Kyle Schwarber on May 1.

— Newly-elected Hall of Famer Gil Hodges will have his No. 14 retired by the Dodgers before their game against the Mets on June 4. Hodges played 18 seasons with the Dodgers, winning three Gold Gloves at first base and two World Series before retiring as the National League’s all-time leader for home runs by a right-handed hitter. He collected over 100 RBIs in seven straight seasons and later managed the Mets to the 1969 World Series title.

— Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder inflammation. Donaldson is hitting .238 with five homers and 15 RBIs.

NFL-BROWNS-NJOKU

Njoku gets extension

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku has accepted a four-year extension, according to two people familiar with the trade.

Njoku and the Browns couldn’t come to terms on a long-term deal before free agency in March, so the team used its $10.9 million franchise tag to retain the 25-year-old.

After catching 36 passes for 475 yards and a team-high four touchdowns last season, Njoku said he hoped to play the rest of his career with the Browns.

TENNIS-FRENCH OPEN

Djokovic, Nadal reach fourth round

PARIS (AP) — Top seed Novak Djokovic, third seed Alexander Zverev, No. 5 Rafael Nadal and No. 6 Carlos Alcaraz have advanced to the fourth round of the French Open with straight-sets victories. Nadal remains in line for his men’s record 22nd Grand Slam singles title and Djokovic is trying to match Nadal’s current mark of 21 Majors. Zverev and Alcaraz won their third-round matches against Americans as Zverev knocked off Brandon Nakashima and Alcarez ousted Sebastian Korda.

Americans Coco Gauff, Amanda Anisimova and Sloane Stephens have moved into the fourth round of the French Open. Gauff and Stephens advanced in straight sets and Anisimova was leading 3-0 in the third set of her match when Karolina Muchova (MOO’-koh-vah) had to retire. No. 14 Belinda Bencic (BEHN’-chihch) dropped her third-round match to Leylah Annie Fernandez and Victoria Azarenka was beaten by Jil Teichmann.

PGA-COLONIAL

Stallings pulls into lead with Scheffler, Hossler

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Scott Stallings shot a 6-under 64 without a bogey on a relatively day in the Colonial at Hogan’s Alley.

That put the Massachusetts-born and 206th-ranked player in the world at 9-under along with with Dallas-area resident Scottie Scheffler and former University of Texas player Beau Hossler, who both had bogey-free 65s.

Scheffler and Hossler were among the Colonial-record eight players to share the 18-hole lead at 66. Stallings began the second round as one of the seven others within a stroke of that.

Patrick Reed matched his opening 66 with another and was alone in fourth place at 8-under 132.

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

McCarron, Ames share lead

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Scott McCarron and Stephen Ames each shot 5-under 66 in stormy and cold conditions at Harbor Shores to share the second-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship.

The 56-year-old McCarron had eight birdies, five in a back-nine 30 on the Jack Nicklaus-designed layout that sits near Lake Michigan. The 58-year-old Ames, had a double bogey for the second straight day but made six birdies over the final 11 holes.

McCarron and Ames are 8-under and two strokes ahead of 64-year-old Bernhard Langer, Brian Gay, Mike Weir and Steven Alker.

INDY 500-CARB DAY

Herta walks away from practice wreck at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colton Herta rolled his Indianapolis 500 car end-over-end during Friday’s final practice for Sunday’s Indy 500.

The star driver for Andretti Autosport was uninjured, but the crash with 25 minutes remaining on “Carb Day” destroyed the Andretti Honda and he will need a backup for Sunday’s race.

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